Jordan Love‘s current sturdy play has one former basic supervisor singing his praises.
As Love and the Packers get set to tackle the No. 1 seed 49ers within the NFL divisional spherical, Rick Spielman — who served as GM of the Vikings from 2012 to 2021 — claimed he’d take the 25-year-old over a number of different extremely proficient quarterbacks.
When requested on CBS’ “With the First Pick ” podcast to rank the 2020 QB class so as of which participant he’d need on his crew for the subsequent 5 years, Spielman positioned Love No. 1 on his checklist. Bengals’ Joe Burrow got here in at second, adopted by Chargers’ Justin Herbert, Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa.
Spielman’s rating comes as a shock for a number of causes. Of the 5 prime quarterbacks within the 2020 NFL Draft, Love was taken second-to-last with the twenty sixth general choose. Solely Hurts, who the Eagles chosen with the 53rd general choose within the second spherical, got here after.
Love moreover has the least quantity of beginning expertise amongst any of the aforementioned QBs. After sitting behind four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers for the primary three seasons of his NFL profession, the Utah State product lastly acquired his probability to begin in 2023. Burrow, Herbert, Hurts and Tagovailoa, in the meantime, have every performed in 52 or extra video games during the last 4 seasons in comparison with Love’s 27.
Then there’s the accolades that these quarterbacks — not named Love — have completed.
The 2020 QB class has been effectively represented within the Tremendous Bowl as of late, with Burrow and Hurts main their groups to the large recreation in 2022 and 2023, respectively, though each wound up dropping. The pair have been moreover named finalists for the 2022 AP MVP award, however have been every barely edged out by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Herbert and Tagovailoa have additionally completed quite a bit of their younger careers. The previous has probably the most passing yards by a quarterback in his first 4 seasons (17,223), whereas the latter was named an AFC starter within the Professional Bowl this season after main the NFL in passing yards (4,624).
And but, amongst all these franchise quarterbacks, Love is the one one which’s nonetheless standing within the playoffs. With a 48-32 win over the Cowboys within the wild-card spherical, the Packers not solely turned the primary No. 7 seed to win a playoff recreation, but additionally the youngest crew (common age: 25 years, 214 days) to win within the postseason because the NFL/AFL merger in 1970.
With an upset win over the 49ers, Love might additional cement himself as one of many prime quarterbacks, each in his draft and within the league.